Wang Shi: ‘A true leader considers not only the present moment’

The Founder and Chairman of China Vanke on Dubai’s success with the free zones model and climbing Everest, 'just twice'

Wang Shi, the Founder and Chairman of China Vanke, the largest residential real estate enterprise in China, has plenty of inspiring gambits for young DBI (Dubai Business Internship) students and entrepreneurs.  

What motivates the 64-year-old in business and to summit Everest, not once but twice? “My curiosity. I’m always curious about the future", he says. "I think when my curiosity stops, so will my life.”

He has a pellucid message for young elites. "If they are only thinking about the knowledge they’re gaining today in the short term then they will never stand out. They won’t be leaders in the future. A true leader considers not only the present moment, but also what will happen 10 or 20 years from now.

“Don’t be too utilitarian, listen to your heart, and never forget your dream.”